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'''David Abelevich Kaufman''' () (2 January 1896 – 12 February 1954) — also known as '''Denis Kaufman''' or his pseudonym '''Dziga Vertov''' () — was a Soviet Union|Soviet pioneer documentary film and newsreel director, as well as a cinema theorist. His filming practices and theories influenced the cinéma vérité style of documentary movie-making and the Dziga Vertov Group, a radical film-making cooperative which was active in the 1960s. In the 2012 ''Sight & Sound'' poll, critics voted Vertov's ''Man with a Movie Camera'' (1929) the 8th best film ever made. Vertov's brothers Boris Kaufman and Mikhail Kaufman were also noted filmmakers, as was his wife, Elizaveta Svilova.
Birth nameDavid Abelevich Kaufman
Birth date{{Birth date|1896|1|2|df=y}}
Birth placeBiałystok, Russian Empire (now Congress Poland|Poland)
Notable works''Man with a Movie Camera''
Death date{{Death date and age|1954|2|12|1896|1|2|df=y}}
Death placeMoscow, Soviet Union (now Russia)
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NationalitySoviet
Death causeCancer
SpouseElizaveta Svilova (1929-1954; his death)
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